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CAD to Go Workstations
Cadalyst Labs Report: The newest mobile workstation technology meets the processing, graphics, and memory demands of AEC, manufacturing, and GIS users. - Today's mobile workstations truly have become desktop workstation replacements. For dramatic proof of this claim, look no further than the performance figures of the GoBOXX 1640 system. This new mobile workstation, which BOXX Technologies describes as a mid-range system, set a new performance record for any workstation — mobile or desktop —
reviewed by Cadalyst Labs. By: Nancy Spurling Johnson, Ron LaFon
Autodesk Raises Share Repurchase Plan Authorization
SAN RAFAEL, CA, Dec 15, 2010 - Autodesk Inc., (NASDAQ:ADSK), today announced that its Board of Directors has approved the repurchase of up to 20 million shares of the company's common stock, in addition to approximately 5.5 million shares remaining under previously authorized share repurchase programs. The repurchase plan helps offset dilution from Autodesk's equity compensation programs.
Busy Autodesk looks wistfully to the clouds
Autodesk’s official message at Autodesk University 2010 in Las Vegas was all about the customer. CEO Carl Bass showcased several users with very grand projects including space vehicles and Teslas. The audience at Autodesk University is primarily users so the goal was to inspire them to expand their use of Autodesk’s tools and think big. Autodesk is also thinking big these days. Of the major CAD vendors Autodesk is the most interested in leveraging the cloud, it is looking for new sales models, and of course new customers.
By Kathleen Maher
Project Neon Rendering Service Update Now At Your Disposal
Senior Product Manager, Mark Fritts, noted that we had a Project Neon update on Friday. Recall that Project Neon is a technology preview of a rendering service. You upload your drawings. You get an image back. You can learn more about it on: Project Neon technology preview on Autodesk Labs
NVIDIA GeForce to Ship in Over 200 PCs
SANTA CLARA, CA, Dec 17, 2010 - PC manufacturers are poised to launch a record 200 new products in the first half of 2011 that feature NVIDIA GeForce graphics processing units (GPUs), paired with the new generation of Intel Sandy Bridge CPUs.

The designs are expected to span a variety of notebook and desktop systems from leading OEMs including Acer, Alienware, ASUS, Dell, Fujitsu-Siemens, HP, Lenovo, Samsung, Sony, Toshiba and more.
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Using the 3D Gizmos in AutoCAD
Learn how the 3D gizmos can help you create and edit paths and profiles for 3D models. In this video, Heidi describes how to use the 3D Move, Rotate and Scale gizmos to constrain editing operations to a specified axis or plane. Heidi Hewett, AutoCAD Insider

Isolating Objects in AutoCAD
Learn how Object Isolation tools in AutoCAD let you control object visibility independent of layers. In this video, Heidi demonstrates how to isolate selected objects so that all other objects are hidden. Heidi also shows you how to hide selected objects and how to end the object isolation so that all hidden objects are, once again, visible. Heidi Hewett, AutoCAD Insider

Extruding Surfaces in AutoCAD
Learn how to create extruded surfaces in AutoCAD. In this video, Heidi introduces you to the Extrude tool and describes how to create an extruded surface versus a solid. She covers basic extrusion options including the ability to specify a direction or select a path. Heidi Hewett, AutoCAD Insider
Autodesk and Infinite Computing
Looks like Autodesk has cooked up a two letter acronym for cloud computing. They are referring to it as “Infinite Computing”. This morning Autodesk CEO Carl Bass and CTO Jeff Kowalski answered questions posed by the media. There were a few questions about infinite computing, the first one being about cost. Deelip Menezes, Deelip.com
Full-Scale Visualization
Users today value design visualization for its ability to make 3D CAD data appear life-like. But what if you could take that same data, immerse yourself in it, and walk though it life-size? That technology is not only available, it’s accessible, affordable, and making inroads for AEC applications. Inside full-scale analysis simulators at Duke University and Iowa State University, translated 3D CAD data is projected onto the walls, ceiling, and floor of the room-sized units. Iowa State’s six-sided CAVE (Cave Automatic Virtual Environment) displays the highest resolution available anywhere (100 million pixels), is powered by 24 projectors, and requires stereoscopic glasses for viewing and a joystick controller to navigate through the data. By: Nancy Spurling Johnson
100 AutoCAD Tips You Should Know
We all want to use AutoCAD better, more productively, and easily solve problems when we have one. So Edwin compiled 100 AutoCAD tips in this article. Many of the tips were written by other great CAD bloggers, you may want to follow their blog/site as well. So this is it: the best AutoCAD tips, the rest that many of us miss, and some of them are very rare. By Edwin Prakoso
Lofting Surfaces in AutoCAD
Learn how to loft between profiles in AutoCAD. This video will introduce you to the Loft tool and describe how to create a lofted surface versus a solid. She covers valuable lofting options including guides and paths and describes how to control continuity when lofting between surfaces. Heidi Hewett, AutoCAD Insider

Sweeping Surfaces in AutoCAD
Learn how to sweep a profile along a specified path. In this video Heidi introduces you to the Sweep tool in AutoCAD and describe how to create a swept surface versus a solid. Heidi covers valuable sweep options including scale and twist angle. Heidi Hewett, AutoCAD Insider

Patching Surfaces in AutoCAD
Learn how to create a patch surface between existing surfaces or curves. This video will introduce you to the Patch Surface tool including useful options to control continuity and bulge magnitude. Heidi Hewett, AutoCAD Insider

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